Author: Carol D. Leonnig

Trump sought his lawyers’ advice weeks ago on possibility of pardoning Manafort, Giuliani says

President Trump asked his lawyers several weeks ago for their advice on the possibility of pardoning Paul Manafort, his lawyer said Thursday. The subject of pardoning Manafort came up as Trump’s former campaign chairman faced multiple charges of bank fraud and tax evasion in an Alexandria court and the president was expressing his anger at how federal prosecutors had “beat up” and mistreated Manafort, Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani said in an interview. Trump’s lawyers counseled the president against the idea of pardoning anyone linked to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to Giuliani, saying...

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Melania Trump’s parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions about whether they relied on ‘chain migration’

The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become legal permanent residents of the United States and are close to obtaining their citizenship, according to people familiar with their status, but their attorney declined to say how or when the couple gained their green cards. Immigration experts said Viktor and Amalija Knavs very likely relied on a family reunification process that President Trump has derided as “chain migration” and proposed ending in such cases. The Knavses, formerly of Slovenia, are living in the country on green cards, according to Michael Wildes, a New York-based immigration attorney who represents the...

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Facing mounting legal vulnerabilities, Flynn turned to a deal

By Carol D. Leonnig, When President Trump’s former national security adviser sat down with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team, the veteran battlefield general was a vulnerable man. Michael Flynn faced the threat of prosecution for a mounting series of lies and omissions, including about his talks with the Russian ambassador, his private consulting work at the direction of the Turkish government and payments he received from Russian-backed groups. He felt distant from Trump, with whom he once enjoyed a strong bond. Flynn, who had spent most of his Army career soldiering in Afghanistan and other front lines...

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